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Applications to Organize Your Life
By Maggie Poling, Grade 9

These days, we are all extremely busy. It seems like every day is an infinite lists of tasks to complete, and by the time the sun calls it quits, we’re exhausted. The tasks of our everyday lives can be tiring, and many of us wish there was someway to make things easier. Well, now there is. Most likely, the answer to your prayers is in your pocket right now. Yes, your iPhone or iPod Touch.

This miraculous invention supplies us with countless applications that have been created to make life easier. Here’s a list of five that I think you’ll find will come in handy:

1. eTasks: With this application, you can view, edit and sync tasks through Groupware.
2. Financer: This is an application with many talents! With this app, you can manage bank accounts, keep track of spending, and it has the capability to record all deposits and withdrawals from you bank account(s).
3. Steecky: This is a sticky note application that pastes your notes to the screen of your iPhone/iPod when it’s locked. A great app for reminding you something - anything!
4. DecisionMaker: It’s like the Magic 8 Ball, but much more precise! With the DecisionMaker application, you plug in the pros and cons of a problem, and the DecisionMaker outweighs these positive and negative points to make a logical decision, when you simply cannot.
5. My Signature: With this app, you can create a personalized signature, save it to your photo album, and use it later for e-mails and such. I’ve always wanted to be able to do that, and now, everyone can!

Of course, there are millions of other applications for iPhone and iPod Touch users that are guaranteed to help organize your life. These are only five, but it’s most definitely a step in the right direction.

Source:
http://hardgeek.org/7-iphone-apps-to-organize-your-daily-life

Google Doodles - A History
By Rosemary Reynolds, Grade 9

Whether it’s Mother’s Day, Independence Day, or the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man, Google has a certain way of making their users smile right when they look at the homepage. It’s something that companies had never considered doing before: customizing their logos to celebrate seasons, holidays, birthdays, and other special events.

Just like all of their other innovations, Google was the first to produce an idea such as this one. It all began in 1998, when the masterminds behind Google, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, decided to create a special logo in honor of the Burning Man Festival. It was a stick figure creation, with a stick man placed behind the second “o” in the Google logo. This logo was used to signify to other Google workers that the founders were out of the office at that time.

From there, an outside contractor took over random Google Doodle designs, but they were never put to use until 2000. On Bastille Day, Larry and Sergey asked an intern at Google to create a special logo for the holiday. That intern, Dennis Hwang, has been at it ever since.

Recently, Google released their first-ever Doodle as a video, honoring Charlie Chapman’s 122nd birthday. It was only 2 minutes long, but had millions of users around the World recognizing the event. Since 1998, 700 Doodles have been designed for international events, with 300 of those in the United States. All of them are designed by an executive team of Google staff, and doodles are also accepted through a competition for schoolchildren called Doodle 4 Google.

If you would like to learn more about the Doodle 4 Google competition, or browse the entire gallery of Google Doodles, follow this link! http://www.google.com/doodle4google/

Sources:
Wikipedia - Google logo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_logo
Google - Doodle 4 Google
http://www.google.com/doodle4google/
Google - Logo Gallery
http://www.google.com/logos/

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